If you suffered injuries on the job in Bel Air South, the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to help you get the benefits you need to cover your medical care and lost wages. A workers’ compensation attorney in Bel Air South, MD, will discuss your injuries and legal options with you today for free.
Our Bel Air personal injury lawyers know how to file for workers’ compensation, appeal decisions, negotiate for settlements, and determine if you qualify to pursue additional damages. You can speak with us at no cost to your family to learn more.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Maryland
When you get hurt at work, the impact on your life and your loved ones is immense. You not only have medical bills, but you cannot work and earn a living. While Maryland has strong protections for workers suffering occupational injuries and illnesses under Md. Lab. & Emp. Code § 5-102, getting the benefits you need and deserve is not always easy.
In general, you could qualify for:
- Medical care costs
- Partial payment of your lost wages and other income
- Funeral expenses, if the victim passes away
- Compensation for permanent injuries
- Vocation training for a new job, if you cannot return to the previous position
You should receive compensation for your lost wages each week once the benefits begin. This is usually about two-thirds of your previous pay, although the total benefits you receive will depend on your income, the severity of your injuries, and more.
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we can determine whether you meet the qualifications for workers’ compensation benefits and how much you should receive. Then, we can check on the status, file an appeal, or take other steps on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a workers’ compensations lawyer serving Bel Air South, call (410)886-6215
The MD Accident Law Team Will Manage Your Claim and Review Other Legal Options
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, our Bel Air South workers’ compensation team can handle your appeal and review your other options for securing a payout based on the circumstances of your injury or illness.
We meet with potential clients for free. We will speak with you face-to-face to discuss your injuries and the opportunity to seek a positive outcome. If we decide to work together, you will have around-the-clock access to our team. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions via:
- Phone call
- Text messaging
When necessary, our team will not hesitate to connect you with highly qualified medical providers who may be able to help you get back on your feet. These are the caregivers we would see or recommend to family members if we were in your shoes.
We work based on a contingency fee. We do not ask our clients and their families to pay any money before we secure compensation or benefits for them. We receive a portion of the payout in these cases, never a payment from your bank account.
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Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
Under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 9-709, covered employees have 60 days to file their workers’ compensation claim. This is true in both injury and illness cases. However, you will want to act as quickly as possible because you need the income and other benefits until you can return to work.
If a worker misses more than three days at work after an on-the-job injury, the employer has ten days to file an accident report with the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. The law also requires them to report occupational diseases as soon as possible.
These two actions make the basis of a workers’ compensation claim. The insurer will then use the information available to determine the benefit amount and begin paying the worker or deny the claim. An appeal may be necessary if you receive an unfair denial. We can help with this process.
Third-Party Claims Are Sometimes Possible Based on Workplace Injuries
In general, workers cannot sue their employers for an on-the-job injury or illness. However, some injured employees still have an opportunity to pursue a personal injury claim after this type of accident. This is possible when a third party’s carelessness or recklessness caused the incident or exposure.
For example, if your job requires a lot of driving and you suffered injuries in a traffic accident, the driver who caused the crash might be liable. Other liable third parties could be a customer, vendor, delivery driver, or repairman. Anyone outside of your employer or coworkers could be responsible under the right circumstances.
Our team will review the facts of your case to determine if you have a viable personal injury claim for compensation. These claims usually settle without needing to file a lawsuit, but we will take your case to trial in a Harford County civil court if necessary.
How Long do I Have to Sue?
Even though we often reach out-of-court settlements in these cases, it is crucial to be aware of the filing deadlines that exist. In general, you have up to three years to act, per:
We like to go to work as soon as possible, though. We will review potential cases for free, meeting you in Bel Air South or another convenient location.
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Let Our Team Review Your Legal Options for Compensation for Free Today
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, our workers’ compensation attorneys are standing by to discuss your case and how we may be able to help you secure the benefits you need. We will review what we can do to appeal a workers’ compensation denial, file a third-party claim, or take other steps on your behalf.